You can never have too much light when routing

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As one gets older, plenty of light is needed, not only for reading, but also for routing. This pdf shows how I solved the problem.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 01:52 PM

Great idea!

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 02:35 PM

Very Cool Idea!
I’m wondering if the inner opening was slightly tapered- wider where it contacts the work surface- would it concentrate the light more on the work piece?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 04:02 PM

Great job and perfect solution.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-22-2012 04:35 PM


(nooob question) When cutting the acrylic, is the acrylic ‘sharp’? Can you get splinters from it? And when you are
cutting it, should you wear respiratory protection?

(I am not a safety junkie, but do not want to learn the hard way that I wouldnt breath the chips in my nose~)

Any other things to keep in mind when cutting acrylic?

I am going to be making a router base here soon, so I am trying to gather as much info as I can.

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#5 posted 07-22-2012 04:40 PM

Very nice solution to a real problem!

Your circuit is sure simple enough!
I haven’t bought electronic parts in years… I think I’d have to resort to Google to find’em now… LOL
Can you shed some light on Brand & specs of what to look for? (pun not intended)... LOL

Thank you for a great project for router lighting… I guess with a little ingenuity one could even modify a router table to get the same type of lighting… ever thought of that, Harry?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 07-22-2012 08:47 PM

G’day, Harry. That is very ingenious. Now one of the big companies will steal your idea. you should get a patent on it!! It is nice how the light will travel all over in the clear plastic!!
Thanks for showing it all…...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 10:10 PM

Nicely done Harry! Looks like generic Radio Shack parts.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#8 posted 07-23-2012 04:10 AM

Your kind remarks are appreciated. There is so much light around the bit that I doubt that any more would be noticed. Most Acrylics that I’ve routed produce so much static on the debris that it tends to stick around the bench. The exception seems to be Polycarbonate which I used for the indexing system for my mini lathe, It routed very cleanly with “shavings” rather than dust and no sign of clinging. An illuminated router table Joe, I can’t quite visualise that!
I cant remember the ratings of the LED’s that I used but I recently went to buy some more, and because one of the two suppliers in this area has ceased selling components, the price asked for was around $5.00 EACH!
I went on ebay and bought 20 x white 12,000 mcd LED’s with current limiting resistors from England for $10.14
including postage! I’m certain that these will be just fine and I reckon that the brightness potentiometer can be omitted. The small plastic box is available at all component stores.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#9 posted 08-03-2013 05:13 PM

This is perfect. I was considering ideas for adding light in my router table and was wondering if something like this would work. Looks like it works quite well. Lew, I think I might try an angled edge like you suggested too.

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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